Picks

Fashionable, functional, or just plain fabulous.



 

in their element

Down accent pillows in titanium linen from Maurice Villency’s Ankasa Collection give a space both glitter and glam. Available at Maurice Villency in Westport, Connecticut.  ÿ345 each

 
 

   

urn interest

Capitalize on today’s global looks with these simply elegant etched lotus urns by Palecek. Available at SoHo East in Dobbs Ferry. Starts at ÿ$110

 

 

it’s all shine

Whether used for serving food or spicing up your décor, Vera Wang’s Vesta Salad Bowl blends modern geometry and timeless chic with its angular shape and unique ribbing. Available at Bloomingdale’s in White Plains. ÿ$90

 

 

   

wide-eyed

Extravagant and oversized, these Swarovski crystal-encrusted plastic sunglasses by Carolina Herrera are celeb-worthy. Available at Carolina Herrera New York in New York City. ÿ$425

 

 

 

transfer your tunes

What if you’ve not only got tapes with tunes you’re loathe to lose, but a prized vinyl collection as well? Check out the LP-to-iPod Converter, an innovative new USB turntable that transfers music from record albums directly to an iPod (or can connect to either a Mac or PC computer using the included USB cable). Audacity recording software reduces noise and pops common on old vinyl recordings. Available at Hammacher Schlemmer in New York City or online at www.hammacher.com. ÿ$259.95

 

 

   

suck it up

Featuring a distinctively European design, Ergorapido by Electrolux has a cordless, lightweight form, a 180-degree swivel head to navigate hard floors, and a detachable hand vacuum for crumbs on the counter and Cheerios on the floor. Available at Target in Mount Kisco, Mount Vernon, and White Plains. ÿ$99

 

 

on call

If your cordless phone is an aesthetic stain on your streamlined living room, consider the VTech LS5145, which gives design-conscious consumers a sleek form and more features than other Bluetooth-enabled cordless phones on the market. It’s expandable up to 12 handsets and boasts a high-resolution color display. Available at local Best Buy, Circuit City, and Sharper Image stores. ÿ$149.95

 

 

   

cat scratch fever

Made from exotic Indian mangowood, the Leo Scratching Post by James Owen Design is one pet toy we’re not embarrassed to leave out when company comes. Its sleek shape, exotic wood, and aluminum base not only entrances a discerning kitty, but enables it to double as a piece of sculpture. For retail information, click on www.jamesowendesign.com. ÿ$299

 

 

table it

Add a little color all year: these handpainted lava tables from Sicily can be kept outdoors all winter long without cracking. Available in a wide variety of sizes and styles at Sun Valley Nursery in Ossining. From ÿ$800 to $6,000

 

 

   

give me a ring

Now here’s a revolutionary piece: these Williamsburg Pineapple Rings were based on a wallpaper motif found in the Colonial Williamsburg collection of wallcoverings. Available in either a brass or pewter finish at www.williamsburg marketplace.com or by phone at (800) 446-9240, Set of four rings ÿ$16

 

 

berry pretty

The “Flourish” fine bone china pattern from the Martha Stewart Collection with Wedgwood gives a trendy twist to tradition. Inspired by the rolling edges of an antique heirloom plate that caught Martha’s eye, the pieces and their classic vine motif are reinterpreted in her signature robin’s egg blue and platinum (the pattern also comes in ecru and platinum). Available at Macy’s in White Plains and Yonkers or www.macys.com. Five-piece place setting (pieces also sold individually) ÿ$119

 

 

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